January 24, 2011

Vintage 365: 1922 Standard Plumbing ad bursts with heartwarming charm

Day 24 of Vintage 365


One of my favourite themes when it comes to vintage ads are immensely lovely domestic scenes - you know the ones that look as though they could have been plucked from the "to paint" file of Norman Rockwell. Life rarely mimics the idealistic world portrayed by such yesteryear advertisements, yet somehow that only makes me love them more. There's something almost magical about the notion of having a house and family with which such moments of perfect homespun happiness were possible.

This wonderfully charming Standard Plumping ad from 1922 (which comes via Captain Geoffrey Spaulding's Flickr stream) simply stole my heart. From the matching pink dresses mother and daughter are sporting, to the incredibly cute miniature toy sink (does anyone know if such teeny-tiny sinks were really manufactured?) this simple scene of time-honoured home life can't help but make you smile and yearn for a 1920s kitchen so that you can wash dishes alongside your adorable, bob haired daughter.


  1. hi there Jess- Hope u r well. I love this sweet ad- yesterday I popped over to an antique mall by my house looking for some old Valentines to work with...found soooo many cute old ads like this! What a treasure- thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Doing dishes in black stockings and heeled shoes? My husband would be so pleased! :)

  3. I want that sink for my kitchen...I need that sink for my kitchen!

  4. Oooh, I love that sink! Another kitchen idea on my wishlist.

    Best Wishes,

  5. Hey i am very happy to see your blog .i have found many new and important information from your blog.I love this sink dear. plz keep it up this info.

  6. Enjoying your time bonding with your child as well as doing your household chores is a very good idea. And aside from this you can also encourage your child to do the same thing. I can say that you are very effective mom inside your house.

  7. Oh, Jessica, I'm with you. I love the domestic scene advertisements. They are totally precious and so take us back to a time that I cherish.

    I "pinned" this one...thanks so much!!

    Hugs to you!!